Sometimes a dose of eccentricity is just what’s needed to counter the hum-drum of the everyday. Even better when it’s informative and entertaining! Immerse yourself in armchair explorations of the bizarre and truly mind-boggling history of medicine, a look at female creators of powerful speculative and horror fiction, and the enduring mysteries of what lies beyond the Veil. These books and other titles in Oakland’s online Museum Store will get you thinking and keep you entertained for hours. Be sure to check out our full online selection of interesting reads and unique gift items.
Death and the Afterlife
Throughout history, the nature and mystery of death have captivated artists, scientists, philosophers, physicians, and theologians. This eerie chronology ventures right to the borderlines of science and sheds light into the darkness. Here, topics as wide-ranging as the Maya death gods, golems, and séances sit side by side with entries on zombies and quantum immortality. With the turn of every page, readers will encounter beautiful artwork, along with unexpected insights about death and what may lie beyond. $19.95
Monster, She Wrote
Frankenstein was just the beginning: horror stories and other weird fiction wouldn’t exist without the women who created it. From Gothic ghost stories to psychological horror to science fiction, women have been primary architects of speculative literature of all sorts. And their own life stories are as intriguing as their fiction. $19.99
The Sawbones Book
Wondering whether eating powdered mummies might be just the thing to cure your ills? Tempted by those vintage ads suggesting you wear radioactive underpants for virility? Ever considered drilling a hole in your head to deal with those pesky headaches? Probably not. But for thousands of years, people have done things like this—and things that make radioactive underpants seem downright sensible! In their hit podcast, Sawbones, Sydnee and Justin McElroy breakdown the weird and wonderful way we got to modern healthcare. And some of the terrifying detours along the way. $24.99